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Names may be strange things...

By Mike Watson

Robert Stone's haiku of Sunday, September 18, made me dredge up memories of old names; not of things, but of individuals.
Names are everything,
how sad we no longer give
lovely names to things.

--Robert Stone, Sunday, 18 September 2022.
In more than five decades of researching families of Adair and surrounding counties, I have encountered a few names that would be unusual in the world of today. Below is a list of some of the interesting ones, too long, perhaps, but worth a scan.

Almarine, Almira, America, Angenoma, Anguish, Araminta, Archaleus, Archilles, Ardina, Artamasa, Bailus, Berry, Breenberry, Buena Vista, Cager, California, Calista, Calphurnia, Ceany, Champness, Clementine, Cluff, Cyrenus, Darcus, Dicy, Docia, Doctor, Dominicus, Dorcas, Edmonia, Elcanah and Elcaney, Eliphalett, Elzey or Elza, Ermine, Eudosha, Exona, Ezekiel, ...list continues...

Feminine, Florinda, Fountain, Gaither or Gather, General, Gideon, Governor, Green, Greenberry, Greenup, Hibernia, Hila or Hiley, Huldah, Iantha, Idanora, Isaiah, Isaphrona, Izona, Izora, Jasper, Jehu, Jeptha, Josephus, Juliza, Junius, Juriah, Keziah, Killeon, Larkin, Leoma, Little, Littleberry, Littlejohn, Lockey, Luvinnia, Luvisa, Luzena, Lysander, Lyttle, Lyttleton,

Mahala, Mahulda, Major, Manoah, Mathias, Micajah, Minitree, Minty, Moreau, Mourning, Napoleon, Narcissa, Nimrod, Paschal, Peachy, Perlina, Piner, Pinkney, Pleasant, Pyrrhus, Quintas, Reason, Resaca, Salathiel, Scythe, Sellers, Sena, Silvus, Simeon, Socrates, Sophonisba, Sophronia, Surilda, Sylvanus, Telitha, Theodocia, Timoleon, Urbin, Uriah, Vestina, Warfield, Winfield, Yelvertson, Zidner.

Any number of these names were spelled in various other ways. A few you may yet encounter, as the trend toward "old time" names has made a comeback in the last few decades.

This story was posted on 2022-09-19 11:37:32
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